Track: Sam Barnes of Boy Azooga releases beautiful new single, Wired World

Welsh composer, musician and songwriter Sam Barnes has released his new singles ‘Wired World’, on the Rose Parade Recording Co. Although it’s a stand-alone affair, it comes as q prequel to his debut album, due out in August.

He’s a bit of a musical polymath, writing and recording since the age of 10, and writing for television and film – Hinterland and Hidden included, and performing with the likes of Boy Azooga, Teddy Hunter and Rhodri Brooks.

Of ‘Wired World’, Sam says “Songs can come together in the space of half an hour, or sometimes years. I work between instruments to develop a harmony and structure, creating demos that allow me to experiment with tone and colour. Over time this experimentation continues, usually in between other projects, by way of me listening to recorded versions around the house; passively listening. As time goes by, I aim to be less precious with ideas, working more instinctively until the final product is nearly complete.”

The track is this rather lovely slice of indie folk, decorated with winds and synths, and it has this gentle sort of stumbling rhythm during the verses which allows it to soar as it reaches the chorus. Beautiful stuff.

Check it out, here

Wired World is the brand new single from Welsh composer and songwriter Sam Barnes out 29th March on the Welsh label Rose Parade Recording Co. A standalone single, ‘Wired World’ is released in anticipation of his debut album due August 2021.

Having been writing and recording music since the age of 10, this project is the first glimpse of a long-anticipated culmination of a life in music. Both as a composer for television and film (finding acclaim with S4C’s Hinterland and Hidden) and as a performer (Boy Azooga, Teddy Hunter, Rhodri Brooks) Sam is revered by his peers for creating impeccable sonic landscapes and exceptionally crafted melodies. This is

echoed in ‘Wired World’, a character study of malaise, falling short of expectations and the desire to enact change in stasis. 

Signing with Rose Parade Recording Company in early March, this is the first opportunity for the public to explore Sam’s sonic world, having kept his work almost secretive up until now. 

Describing the process, Sam writes, 

For ‘Wired World’ this included recording with drummer and bandmate Davey Newington, cellist Kirsten Miller and multi-instrumentalist Joe Northwood (flute and clarinet) all of whom adapted to the lockdown restrictions by recording at home. Adapting to these conditions Sam demonstrates his impeccable production and engineering skills creating a sonic aesthetic unique to his own brand of psychedelic balladry. Invoking master songwriters such as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Paul Simon, Sam’s work remains distinctively his own by crafting a delicate and nuanced experience from just 12 notes. 

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